Home » Your Health » Vertigo Symptoms: Warning Signs You May Have Vertigo

Vertigo Symptoms: Warning Signs You May Have Vertigo

Suffering from vertigo is not a nice feeling at all. Some people describe or mistake it for just feeling dizzy and light-headed, but it’s much more than that. It will cause people to feel like the room is spinning, or that they are moving when they’re really not. It might also affect their balance and some of their senses. What a nightmare! There are many other symptoms to this condition, but they often depend on what is causing the vertigo.

Vertigo in itself can be a symptom, explains Everyday Health. There are a few different conditions that can cause it, but it’s often the result of issues with the inner ear. The most common is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (or BPPV), which develops as  tiny calcium particles build up in the ear canals. WebMD notes it can also be caused by Meniere’s disease, which results when there is fluid pressure in the ear. And lastly, the other common cause is Vestibular neuritis, a viral infection of the inner ear nerves. All of these will create unbalance in the body, resulting in a wonky feeling that leaves their world spinning or tilted, and causes dizzy spells that come and go for about 20-seconds as the head changes positions.

Now that we know some of the common causes, let’s take a look at some of the most common symptoms of vertigo…

1. Distorted Balance

The primary symptom of vertigo is a feeling like the room is spinning, says WebMD. Patients also describe it as feeling like they are tilted or that they are swaying, which causes an unbalanced sensation that they are being pulled in one direction.

This distorted balance might also make it difficult for them to walk. This is known as ataxic gait, says UCSF Health. It can make it difficult for them to walk in a straight line or turn corners. They will often be quite clumsy and struggle with coordination. They might need to constantly be looking down in order to know where the ground is and need to hold onto something when standing, explains Veda.

Next »

More on ActiveBeat
  • Warning Signs Your Mole May Be Cancerous
    Being careful and cautious with our skin is something that was ingrained in us from childhood.
    Your Health
  • The Incredible Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
    News is circulating about the many benefits of coconut oil. This blend of beneficial fatty acids is being touted as the “cure-all” for an array of health woes—from digestive...
    Your Health
  • Easy & Effective At-Home Remedies For Itchy Skin
    Itchiness—you know the kind that makes you want to crawl out of your own skin or scratch it off—is a major annoyance.
    Your Health
  • Natural Ways to Eradicate Earwax
    Do you ever get that weird feeling like something’s about to leak out of your ear? Chances are you’ve developed a little extra cerumen, a natural substance more commonly...
    Your Health
  • Warning Signs of Zinc Deficiency
    Of all the essential minerals, we're perhaps the least familiar with zinc, which is strange because it's super important!
    Your Health
  • Tips on How to Eat Clean
    The clean eating trend is growing as people realize the benefits of changing not just their diet, but also their lifestyle.
    Your Health
  • Important Facts on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
    Polycystic ovary syndrome is a hormonal condition that is actually quite common. It causes the overproduction of androgens (or male hormones) in women which then causes havoc in...
    Your Health
  • Home Remedies Every Parent Should Know
    From mouthwash on blisters to soaking in an oatmeal bath for the dreaded chicken pox these remedies aren't a 100-percent cure for any illness, but they can help relieve a lot of...
    Your Health
  • The Incredible Health Benefits of Quinoa
    Quinoa is a grain crop that is known for its edible seeds. While it's become quite trendy as of lately, quinoa has actually been around for a long, long time.
    Your Health
  • Warning Signs That Your Child May Have Lice
    Lice are the bane of many parents’ existence. Even just the word lice gives us the creepy crawlies!
    Your Health
  • Natural Fever Relievers
    Fevers – they can come out of nowhere, during any season, and can hit kids especially hard (kids tend to spike higher temperatures than adults).
    Your Health
  • Fatty Foods With Mega Health Benefits
    Our instinct is to run and hide from any kind of food that contains or causes 'f-word,' also known as fat. But what we don't realize is that not all fatty foods are bad for us.
    Your Health
  • Common Signs and Symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis
    Cystic fibrosis is a serious genetic condition that affects the lungs and digestive system.
    Your Health
  • The Worst Drinks in North America
    We often don't think of drinks as something that makes us overweight or unhealthy because we typically associate "fat" with eating, but there are plenty of popular beverages out...
    Your Health
  • Most Common Signs Of COPD
    Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (or COPD) often results from smoking, or a common cold, or flu-like illness.
    Your Health